Re: Rand in the UK

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Mon Sep 03 2001 - 13:43:05 MDT

On Mon, Sep 03, 2001 at 01:46:31PM +0100, Charlie Stross wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 03, 2001 at 09:13:26PM +1000, Damien Broderick wrote:
> > 1) The UK didn't exist before you were born?
> Nope. I'm a solipsist nation ;-)
> > 2) They don't have secondhand book stores in the UK?
> Yep. I've never seen a UK edition of anything by Ayn Rand. Period.
> > 3) UK bookstores never import US editions? (Like this here Signet/NAL ATLAS
> Yep. I once saw a US edition of "Atlas Shrugged" in an alternative/radical
> co-op bookshop. You might be able to find it elsewhere. But via a mainstream
> British publisher? Naah.

As an addendum: I have now indeed found Ayn Rand published in the
UK -- however, apart from a HarperCollins paperback edition of "The
Fountainhead" her books are only available as imports.

I had to go to and do a search -- none of her books made the
top 1500 sellers in the UK according to Amazon. Compare to,
where "Atlas Shrugged" is at 630 and "The Fountainhead" is at 835 in
sales ranking; I'd say the figures support my contention that she has
a popularity problem over here.

-- Charlie

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